The entire Polyphenolics family is saddened by the passing of C. Tissa Kappagoda, MD, PhD, UC Davis Health System cardiologist and director of the UC Davis Cardiac Rehabilitation and Coronary Artery Disease Reversal Program. Kappagoda specialized in regression of atherosclerosis and methods for restoring endothelium-derived relaxing factor. His research and clinical trials focused on the importance of lifestyle modifications—including diet and nutritional supplementation—on cardiovascular health.
“Dr. Kappagoda was a leader, a colleague and a friend,” says Polyphenolics President Dr. Anil Shrikhande. “He believed, as do we, in the powerful benefits of grape seed extract. From his early clinical trials on blood pressure and blood sugar management, endothelial health, glycemic response and oxidative stress, his original research using grape seed polyphenols was groundbreaking. The breadth, depth and significance of his remarkable work will be his legacy.”
Educated in Ceylon, Kappagoda held several prestigious memberships and fellowships, including London’s Royal College of Physicians and the American Heart Association. His research was published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Nutrition, American Journal of Cardiology, Preventative Cardiology and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.